academ True colors of GA

"Academ, derived from the word academics not only represents our magazine, but more importantly embodies us, the students. As students, we are expected to show excellence, greatness and humility despite the inhibitions and hardships that are faced throughout our lives. This magazine exhibits our determination, persistence, and and our will to achieve these qualities and strive to be much more as time passes by. Consequently for us to lead as an example for the incoming generations of children and students to strive for the same goals and not forget to strive greatness not only for their academics and scholarly responsibilities, but as well as their own selves"

LIFE OF A GA STUDENT

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by Raphael Norbert Suapengco

The GA strand is commonly perceived as an inferior strand compared to the other strands (HUMMS, STEM, and ABM) because it's the strand where you will find "patapons" and people who have no direction in life. Despite this common perception, GA students show great promise and are capable of becoming good members of society. Sure, there may be students who are lazy fit the description of "patapon" in the GA strand, but that shouldn't be a way to justify the generalizations that are being made by other people. If you take a closer look at what GA students can do, you will notice that there are quite a handful of students who show great promise and potential in what they love to do. And because the GA strand is very diverse, the things that they can possibly achieve are endless. There are students who are excellent in the Academics, Sports, Music and Arts and much more; there are even students who excel in more than 1 of these fields. Ultimately, this article is intended to show that not all stereotypes made about the GA strand are true and not all GA students are incompetent.

General Academics students

The General Academics strand better known as “GA” is one of the many strands that may be taken in the senior high school. Different strands are taken up for the specialized subjects that are included in each respective curriculum for example HUMMS with its focus on Humanities and Social Sciences, which offers special subjects which are concentrated on its given specialty. Meanwhile GA as the name suggests is more diverse when it comes to its subjects. One can call this strand the jack of all trades, Basically GA is for students who are still in an interim period of choosing their preferred strand while offering basic electives from the different strands. With GA being a strand full of students with different talents and interest, being a diverse strand, this strand is the most optimal choice for those who are not that confident with choosing what they want to do in life. With this in mind many see the aspect of GA being a “diverse” strand as a negative effect on the students. A common misconception is that most GA students are of lower intelligence value due to the core subjects and specialized subjects of GA not being that specific or as focused as the other strands.

DIVERSITY AGAINST ADVERSITY

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by Evan George Reyes

Change is something that most, if not all, of us fear. At the start of the Academic Year 2016-2017, a significant change was implemented in our education system. This was the K-12 curriculum. Incoming Grade 11 students may now choose the strand and subjects they would like to specialize in. Here in the Ateneo Senior High School, 4 strands from the academic track are being offered. These strands are the STEM, HUMMS, ABM AND the GA strand. The GA strand is commonly perceived as an inferior strand compared to the other strands because it's the strand where you will find "patapons" and people who have no direction in life. Despite this common perception, GA students show great promise and are capable of becoming good members of society. Sure, there may be students who are lazy and fit the description of "patapon" in the GA strand, but that shouldn't be a way to justify the generalizations that are being made by other people. If you take a closer look at what GA students can do, you will notice that there are quite a handful of students who show great promise and potential in what they love to do. And because the GA strand is very diverse, the things that they can possibly achieve are endless. This means more relevant contributions to society through excellence in their respective fields. There are students who are excellent in the Academics, Sports, Music and Arts and much more; there are even students who excel in more than 1 of these fields. Ultimately, this article is intended to show that not all stereotypes made about the GA strand are true and not all GA students are incompetent. Against all adversity, GA students find their strength in diversity.

DISCRIMINATION USED AS INSPIRATION

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by Ralph Ingrid Amisola

The General Academics Strand or called the “GA’ strand has faced a lot of criticisms even before the school year has started for the senior high school students, criticisms like the strand will be filled with students that have grades that are below average. As the school year went on, more criticisms and discriminations were thrown to the GA strand. Words and phrases such as, “Undecided”, “B*bo”, “mga walang mapapatunguhan” and the like were criticisms that were pointed at the strand. Even though through all the discriminations that were thrown and pointed at the GA strand, they used these criticisms and used them as an inspiration to work harder and show that the strand can also stand out and excel in various academic and extracurricular activities, like debates and sports competitions. Instead of using the criticisms and discriminations that were pointed out to the strand and the students as something to make them feel small and belittle, they on the other hand used these comments as an inspiration to achieve, excel and show the other students and strands that the GA strand can be treated as a strand on the same level as they are.

CHOOSE GENERAL ACADEMICS!

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by Anton Rafael Artajo

Most high school graduates comprehend what course they need to seek after in college. Truth be told, when they take entrance tests and when they first fill up enrolment papers, they are approached with decision of what course they plan to take. That is precisely what will happen to most Grade 10 understudies in the K to 12 educational modules. Since Grade 10 is what might as well be called the present Fourth Year High School, nothing has truly changed. Naming Grade 11 Senior High School (SHS) instead of First Year College is only an adjustment in name, the extent that vocation arranging is concerned.

There are a couple students in college who experience having to shift courses because they find themselves unhappy in theirs. Some students don't recognize what they truly need to major in, all they know is that they need to have a higher education and graduate with a college diploma.

Ateneo De Manila Senior High School General Academics Field Trip

The General Academic strand is designed not just for the people who are still undecided with what they want to pursue in the university it is also for those who wish to be well rounded in different subjects. In the Ateneo De Manila Senior High School the GA strand features two specialized subjects derived from the strands Accountancy, Business, and Management (ABM) and Science, Engineering, Technology, and Mathematics (STEM). These specialized subjects are Disaster Readiness and Risk Reduction (DRRR) and Organization Management. The GA strand gets a taste of business and science without having to specialize in the certain strands, that itself is a major strength that make this strand advantageous to students who take pursue it. Not specializing in a strand would open the doors to a world of amazing options. If you want to be a well-rounded student and open your door to different options the GA strand is definitely for you!

Ateneo De Manila Senior High School Retreat 16'17

Evan Reyes, and his sidekicks the GA strand, will hold strong against anything that can possibly be thrown at them.

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Acknowledgements

Editor-in-chief : Paulo Rene Castillo

Layout Editor : Gabriel Enrico Ferrer

Writers :

Rafael Norbert Suapengco

Evan George Reyes

Ralph Ingrid Amisola

Anton Rafael Artajo

Credits:

Suap En Co.

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